Victorian man given lifetime horse ban

equineIn a landmark ruling, a Victorian man has been banned for life from owning horses after being found guilty of animal cruelty.

John Quan pleaded guilty in Broadmeadows Magistrates Court on May 24 to aggravated cruelty and neglect towards six horses under his care. The horses were seized and subsequently surrendered to RSPCA Victoria in April last year.

Quan had previously been disqualified for five years, from 2008 to 2013, from owning horses for similar offences.

RSPCA Victoria CEO Dr Liz Walker said the lifetime ban was a landmark.

“This is the first time a lifetime disqualification order has been handed down in Victoria,” Dr Walker said.

“It is a significant ruling and a direct result of amendments made last year to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

“This sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime, and shows that RSPCA Victoria’s mission to end cruelty to all animals comes with the full weight of the law.

“The majority of Victorians value the animal in their care and expect that others will, too.”

Dr Walker urged all Victorians to report animal cruelty to RSPCA Victoria’s Inspectorate on 9224 2222 or at rspcavic.org